The Women Behind The Veil

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Damion Broomfield
Professor Joseph Walker
English 306
May 2, 2016
The Women behind the Veil

In a patriarchal society were the father or the man of the household decides for the family, women are quite often forced into prescribed gender roles. This is true for the women in Iran’s contemporary culture. For this purpose, the veil, which is worn by Iran women, is often identified as a symbol of obedience, respect or modesty which is otherwise an example of an oppressed patriarchal society. Author Marjane Satrapi’s novel Persepolis, exposes the regime behind this oppression of the Iran woman and compares western cultural expectations to that of Iranian culture. Yet, even behind the confinements of the veil many women are finding ways to rebel against the Iranian society oppression and find their own individual identities under strict conformities. By design the veil is meant to dictate to women their limited freedoms and rights in a culture that is historically male dominated. However, because the contributions of a strict regime has forced the woman of Iran to subscribe to these strict cultural gender expectations, many Iranian women are finding small ways to emerge from under their veils and find a voice against gender segregations and shape a new revolutionary way of thinking.

The regulations of the Islamic republic has said that women should cover themselves completely to void the unwanted attention of men. This policing of women is to enforce historical traditions and
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